Williams Lake Garden Club grows gardening community

The Williams Lake Garden Club is less than 15 yers old, and like a teen, it has been experiencing incredible growth spurts in recent years.

Current garden club president Sheila Wyse, said a garden club started in the lakecity as early as the 1970s, which met in the library when it was located at First and Oliver. The librarian at the time was Barbara Watkins, and her husband organized the club. However, the club disappeared when the couple moved away.

Since then, it had been fallow earth for a garden club in the lakecity, all the way up until 2009, when the current club sprouted from fertile Cariboo soil.

Gerry Gebert was the first president, and the club’s stated purpose is to “promote, encourage and support the horticultural interests of the residents of Williams Lake and area.”

The goal is to do this through educational sessions which would appeal to both seasoned and new gardeners.

Wyse said she joined in 2010, but these days she only has a small vegetable garden in a raised bed and some flowers.

She readily acknowledges she is not a member of the club because she wants to be able to expand her ambitions for gardening exactly.

“I just get so much out of every meeting,” she said, noting the meetings are not only informative thanks to the speakers, but also there are always great questions from other members, plus they are very social.

She believes in the therapeutic benefits of gardening, which she recognizes can be physical, but she also considers it the most relaxing hobby she knows.

“People are happy when they’re gardening, I like to be around happy people,” she said.

In 2011, the club began requiring paid memberships, to help cover the costs of bringing in speakers and this is also

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